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Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Kamel is a Past Master of William Parkman Lodge and Converse Lodge. He has been awarded the prestigious Henry Price and Joseph Warren medals for distinguished service to Freemasonry in Massachusetts. In the AASR, he is an Assistant Master of Ceremonies with the Massachusetts Consistory of the Valley of Boston.
Thursday, November 18, 2021
His accomplishments and honors, both in and outside of the fraternity, are many. (Michael's lengthy list of achievements can be seen in his obituary HERE.) Over the years, I know of countless Masons all across the country who have said that Mike Smith exemplified the very best that Freemasonry teaches and that he lived his life by the precepts of our fraternity. His death is a tragic loss to us all. Please keep Michael's wife Lynn, his sons, Worshipful Brothers Duane and Chris, and the rest of his family in your prayers.
His column is broken, and his brethren mourn.
Requiescat in Pace.
The Visitation and Funeral Service for Most Worshipful Brother Michael D. Smith, Sr. PGM will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021, at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel located at 2075 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29307.
Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until 1:45 pm. The Funeral Service will begin at 2:00 pm in the Chapel. Interment will follow in the adjacent Greenlawn Memorial Gardens with Masonic Rites conducted by the Officers and Brethren of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina and Landrum Lodge No. 278 AFM.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Scottish Rite Foundation of SC, P. O. Box 30006, Charleston, SC 29417 " In Memory of Most Worshipful Michael D. Smith, Sr. PGM". The Grand Master has asked that all Lodge Charters be draped for a 30 day period in memory of Most Worshipful Brother Mike.
Jerry Carver, PGM, Grand Secretary
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Main Keynote Presentations:
Christoph Bosbach: Freemasonry needs future – future needs freemasonry?
Karl-Heinz Land: Stagnation as an accelerator – Covid-19 as a necessary creative destruction?
Ranko Vujacic: Freemasonry and the 21st century
A. Kabèlè Camara: Freemasonry – an alternative to understand the world
Arthur Bill Beardmore: To Do or not to Be – Adapting to Life in a Changing Society
Iskren Yotov: The perspectives of Freemasonry in Eastern Europe
Radu Balanescu: The importance of maintaining and respecting the old landmarks of freemasonry in the context of a dynamic development of technology and the increasing needs of communication
Antje Hansen: Reflections by a free woman on the tradition and future of Freemasonry
Translations will be done in the main needed languages.
Deadlock & Stagnancy as Catalyst & Accelerator --> Covid 19 as necessary & creative Disruption
Digitalization in Freemasonry --> Future of a virtual Freemasonry?
Adapting to Life in a Changing Society
The global Future: Do we need new Ethics?
Opening up to Society --> Where is the line?
The Conference will conclude on Saturday night. On Sunday, November 21st, the official installation of the Grand Master and officers will take place.For more information, see the event website in both German and English at: https://www.freimaurer.org/wcrmgl
Germany's Masonic governing structure is unique in the fraternity. More than 16,500 German Freemasons are organized into five different grand lodges that cooperate under the banner of the United Grand Lodges of Germany. In total, there are currently around 500 craft lodges in Germany that are chartered by these five grand lodges.
Sunday, November 14, 2021
|Tompkins lodge hall when originally built in 1901. |
The corner turrets were later removed.
- Staten Island Lodge 66
- Huguenot Lodge 381
- Tompkins Lodge 471
- Beason Light lodge 701
- Great Kills Lodge 912
- LaGuardia Lodge 1130
Monday, November 08, 2021
According to a story today on the Alaska Highway News website, 43-year-old Benjamin Orion Carlson Kohlman claimed to hear voices in his head last spring telling him to burn down the Masonic halls because the Masons and the Illuminati were engaging in mind control of other people. Kohlman, who suffers from drug addiction and emotional issues, believed the buildings were used by “dark souls and evil.”
Kohlman claimed to police that he had set the fires to call attention to the Masons and Illuminati in order to "stop their mind control." He also claimed that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service had implanted a tracking device in his head.
Background on this story:
Thursday, October 28, 2021
A native of Genoa, Ohio, Marilyn was a 1963 graduate of Genoa High School, and a 1967 graduate of Bowling Green State University. She was employed at BGSU for more than 30 years in the Dean's office of the College of Education as a communications and program design specialist, and later as a development officer. In 2000, she became a public relations officer for the Ohio Department of Education in Columbus, until her retirement in 2008.
Mrs. Braatz was active for more than 50 years in the Order of Eastern Star in both northwest Ohio and later in central Ohio. She was twice the Worthy Matron of Grand Rapids (now Triune) Chapter, and later Worthy Matron of Worthington Chapter. She also had served each Chapter as its Secretary. In 1977, she was Deputy Grand Matron of District 7 in Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa counties. Later, she served the statewide Grand Chapter of Ohio Eastern Star on several committees and for eight years headed the statewide Chapter Excellence program for local Eastern Star development.
For many years she was the Mother Advisor of chapters of the Rainbow Girls in Bowling Green and Grand Rapids, and still today many women across the state refer to her as "Mom Braatz."
She and her husband, George, traveled extensively around the Ohio and the nation. In recent years, they have spent the winter season in Lakeland, Florida. She loved taking pictures of the places they went, as well as capturing on film many occasions in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed sewing and gardening.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contribution be made to the Braatz Family Scholarship Program at Bowling Green State University.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Still too early yet for many details beyond the recommendation and the vote. However, a couple of documents leading to the vote contain a couple of curious items.
- There shall be no visitation at the subordinate lodge level unless authorized by both Grand Masters;
- The amity/recognition agreement shall never constitute future merger;
- There shall be no instance of demitting to the other Jurisdiction, and;
- If approved and ratified by the GLGA, this request shall not be amended nor revisited within five (5) years of the date of acceptance from the GLGA.
- Remove the line "unless authorized by both Grand Masters" so it now reads, "There shall be no visitation at the subordinate lodge level."
- Change the time limit that prevents future amending or revising the agreement from the proposed five year period to ten years.
Nevertheless, the baby step has been taken, and the brethren of Georgia's two legitimate grand lodges are to be commended at last.
Monday, October 25, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
We had a saying around our film production studio for many, many years: "Where do great ideas come from? Somebody else!"
That's not true any more. Thanks to the artistic design abilities of WB John Bridegroom (art director of the Journal of the Masonic Society and proprietor of The Master's Craft, supplier of custom Masonic jewels and more), the lodge's glass foyer was transformed into a truly unique entryway through the miracle of vinyl graphics.
These graphics act as 24/7 messengers to the public, whether they are providing information or just simply creating a sense of intrigue and wonder to a curious public.
Wednesday, September 08, 2021
Within the lodge they have separate divisions that help young people grow and develop as individuals. Job’s Daughters help young women ages 10-20 while Demolays helps young men ages 9-21.
Former member of Job’s Daughters, Amanda Sargenti Gomez, said she believes one of the most valuable things the organization taught her was the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community.
“A very important thing for me was being active in the community by volunteering. During my term as Honored Queen we collected toys and books to take to Shriner’s Hospital. We also assisted the Masons by serving at their dinner events,” she said.
“I learned many things from my time in Job’s Daughters. First off, respect for myself, my elders and my peers, as well as proper etiquette. Secondly, I learned public speaking and how to run and organize a meeting. These things have been very important as I developed within my career,” said Gomez.
According to former Demolay member James Banta, the Demolays aim to foster that same growth among young men and have a place where they can be among their peers.
“I think young men in particular find comfort knowing there are other people out there that feel the same way they do,” he said
What sets the Demolays apart from other youth organizations is that it gives their members autonomy about what they want to do.
“The members decide what activities they’re going to do. We do have older individuals there to help guide them along, but the members do all the organizing,” said Banta.
The Demolays do not adhere to one religion and accept members of all faiths as long as they agree to the values of the organization.
“We put our values front and center and as long as you transcribe to those values, you’ll be welcomed,” said Banta.